Things to Do Around Israel, May 8-14, 2015

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel.

Revital Salomon

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

Horseback Riding Competition

The Riding Sport Center in Ramat Gan hosts a show jumping competition, with some of the country’s top riders to take part in the Olympic sport. The day includes two competitive meets, one of 1.20 meters at 12.00 and another of 1.30 meters at 14.00. There will also be a special meet in memory of Rami Shalgi, who died during the First Lebanon War, at 16.00. In addition, there are pony rides, a children’s workshop and more. Sat at 08.00-20.00. The Riding Sport Center, The National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-5001

‘Salute 2015’ Wine Festival

This highly-anticipated event hosts nearly 50 wineries offering 150 varieties of wine, each one adding to the general merriment. Artisanal cheeses, pastries and other delicacies are also available, as well as live jazz and Latin music performances. Wed, Thur 18.30-23.00. Hatachana: The New Train Station Compound. 074-703-7063
 
Yitzhak Rabin Center

Celebrating the life and legacy of the assassinated prime minister, the center and its museum combine Rabin’s personal story with the development of the burgeoning Jewish State of Israel. Activities include guided historical tours, and educational workshops on such ideas as democracy and remembrance. Fri 09.00-12.30; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-15.30; Tues, Thur 09.00-17.30. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Gan *4585

Medrano Circus

The Italian circus brings its spectacular show, with over 40 award-winning performers, including clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats and others, to Israel. Fri at 15.00; Sat at 10.00; Tues, Thur at 17.30. Hamoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva. Details: *6578, www.medrano.co.il

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Bible Lands Museum
    
Family Weekend Go on adventures through history, with lost artifacts, royal figures and magic spells. Ages 5-10. Sat at 10.00; Independent Activity Booklets Exploring the stories of the Bible together with Shimshi, a comic book character who helps children solve riddles and quests throughout the museum. During regular hours. Handicap accessible. Fri, Sat and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Tues, Thur 9.30-17.30; Wed 09.30-21.30

Tower of David Museum
    
Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis Exhibit. A broad and original look at the city’s “medical record” and the space between miracles and medicine. Permanent exhibit: Fri and Sat 9.00-14.00, Sun-Thur 9.00-16.00. Details and Reservation Center: *2884 / (02) 626-5333
 
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds. This week: Summer Seeds In celebration of National Science Day, various family activities are on offer, including a plant identifying game, brewing tea in nature, creating a heating pad (for which visitors must bring an old sock), a tour of the grounds and more. Tues 17.00-19.00. Regular hours: Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun-Thur, 09.00-19.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012, www.en.botanic.co.il

Bloomfield Science Museum

The museum contains permanent exhibits dealing with light and shadow, construction, levers, illusions, fire, electricity and more, for the entire family. Among the activities on offer: Machines and Smiles A retrospective with many different machines and the mechanisms behind them; A Work Tools Race Utilizing work tools in new and creative ways; The Human Machine Acrobatics show. Three clowns try to uncover the secrets of remaining balanced; Gil-Gula Workshop, inviting children to build original new tools and machines; Sesame Street 2015 - Fostering Curiosity The latest season of the iconic children’s show was filmed at the museum, and the venue offers a wide range of Sesame Street-related activities, including taking a picture on the famous street set and meeting the show’s loveable puppets; CAPTCHA Exhibition. All about computers, their abilities and limits. Fri 10.00-14.00, Sat 10.00-16.00, Mon-Wed 10.00-18.00. www.mada.org.il

Gazelle Valley

Visit the nature park, where deer roam free, despite being surrounded by the urban landscape of Jerusalem. Handicap accessible. Open all hours. Off the intersection of Herzog and Pat streets

HAIFA AND THE NORTH
 
Wine and Culinary Festival

Seventy of Israel’s most promising young chefs come together to offer delicious cuisine from various kitchens and regions. The festival also includes several wine tasting workshops. Thur 10.00-18.00. Golan Heights Winery in Katzrin (04) 696-8484

Sea of Western Galilee Festival

Running over three weekends (May 2-16), the event offers various activities for the entire family. This week: Triathlon Swimming, running and bicycle riding, not for the faint of heart. Sat at 05.00. Begins at Achziv Coast near Club Med. (03) 676-4008; Achziv Swimming Competition With a 750 meter, 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter and 5,000 meter course. Sat at 07.00. Begins at Achziv Coast near Acre. 054-326-9861; Motorized Parachutes Display Over 70 parachutes take part in the visual display. Sat at 07.00. The parachutes pass over the western Galilee coastline; Ceramics Mobiles Workshop Create original items. Thur at 12.00. Marag Center in the northern town of Kfar Vradim. 054-329-5550; Vegan Cooking Workshop In preparation for Shavuot. Thur at 17.00. Klil settlement, near the Kabri intersection. 052-646-4884; From the Old to the Smoked Aged wine and smoked meats tasting. Thur at 20.00. Stern Winery, Kibbutz Tuval. 054-791-5868; Storytelling from the Galilee to Greece With Amnon Gofer. Thur at 20.30. Cafe Roshke, Matat Village in the Ma’ale Yosef Regional Council. 054-437-1414. Details: www.westgalil.org.il

Hamat Gader

Enjoy a giant tent compound, pedal boats, a fun parrot show, crocodile feedings, local hot springs and more. Fri, Mon-Thur 08.30-22.00; Sat, Sun 08.30-17.00. Hamat Gader, off Route 98 and south of Lake Kinneret. Details: *6393

Gan Guru

The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos and koalas, with Aboriginal face-painting and guided koala and bat feedings. Fri 09.00-15.00, Sat 09.00-17.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060

Park of Springs

Explore the Park of Springs (Hamayanot) by foot, bicycle or green vehicle. Daily, 09.00-17.00; Permanent features also includes springs, a stream, fishponds, heritage sites, migrating birds and agricultural areas. Fri 09.00-16.00, Sun-Thur 09.00-17.00. Near Kibbutz Nir David
(04) 688-1427, www.nirtours.co.il

Labyrinth in the Valley

A chance to get lost in a classic, large-scale hedge maze, a temporary wheat maze, and a moderate-level rope maze. Fri, Sun-Thur at 10.00. Moshav Sde Yaakov, in the Jezreel Valley. 050-540-4473, (04) 983-0255

THE SOUTH

The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

Exhibit, providing scientific explanations of the ancient period’s greatest achievements. Daily at 09.00. Davidson Institute’s science garden, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot. Details: (08) 934-4401

The Land of the Dinosaurs

Over 30 dinosaur species are presented as life-sized statues in an interactive exhibit. Fri, Sat at 09.00, Sun-Wed at 14.00, Thur at 10.00. Negev Zoo, Be’er Sheva. Details: *9066

Lunada

A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the different senses. Sat 09.00-17.30, Sun-Thur 09.00-13.00. Lunada, 25 Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park sits upon the coral reef of the Red Sea, providing an up-close introduction to the fauna of the Gulf of Eilat, including over 800 species of fish, corals, mollusks, turtles, rays and more. The park’s shark pool is home to 18 shark species, and offers an underwater observation tunnel, activities and displays. Additional attractions include the open-sea underwater observatory, aquariums, the Amazon Cabin (featuring fauna from the Amazon River), animal feedings, glass-bottomed boat cruises, 3D educational films and more. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200, www.coralworld.co.il/en
 
Bird Watching Park

Learn about the life and migrating patterns of many different bird species, observe them as they land in the nearby lake and trees, and understand Israel’s vital role in many migrating birds’ flight plans and survival. Open daily, at all hours. Off the Arava Rd., from on Route 90 and then east on Route 109. Details: 050-767-1290, http://eilatbirds.com